Curacao power adapters - what plugs are used in Curacao?

Curacaon power outlet

What adapter do I need for Curacao?

You'll need to bring a Type C plug adapter [3] to Curacao if your plug doesn't fit into a Curacaon power outlet.

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Curacao all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to charge in a Curacaon power outlet. If you don't know what voltage your device can use then read the section on how to find out the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • If you are visiting Curacao from the US we recommend bringing a plug adapter for Curacao as US Type A or B outlets might not typically be found. Because the voltage is different in Curacao you need to bring a power converter for Curacao if your device isn't dual voltage.
  • If your device can run on 127 volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in a Curacaon power outlet then it can work in Curacao.
  • If your device can run on 127 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Curacaon power outlet then you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Curacao such a Type C plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for Curacao (or power adapter) only changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Curacao, but isn't designed to convert the voltage from 127 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 127 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Curacao to convert the voltage from 127 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Curacao if the power converter doesn't include the correct Type C plug adapter.
  • If you only want to power your USB devices such as a cell phone or tablet then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it will work with any voltage, however ensure that you bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type C plug adapter otherwise you will also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Curacao.
  • Increased use of a phone during a trip to Curacao can leave you with a flat battery quickly, we recommend packing a power bank [4] if you need to recharge your mobile phone battery or other USB powered devices whilst travelling to an unknown location.

Warning: If your device won't handle 127 volts you run a risk of a blown fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard. Prior to using your device in Curacao check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Curacao power adapters

Power adapters for Curacao

Various standards and plugs can often cause confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Curacao. This page contains links to step-by-step instructions which shows which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when staying in Curacao by using their C, A or B type 127 volt 50Hz wall outlets. Power will change depending on which country you are visiting so we recommend reading the power adapters page for a full list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Curacao?

The best power adapter for Curacao is a Type C power adapter [3] which is suitable for powering any 127 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Curacao?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact, cheap and lightweight plastic adapters that allow an electic socket in Curacao to accept a different shaped power plug from an appliance from a different region.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [5].

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter enables a visitor travelling from another country to use electrical appliances in Curacao simply by changing the shape of the plug from one type to another.

Do I need a plug adapter in Curacao?

If the power plug you are using is different to the shape of the Curacaon power outlet then you will need a power adapter.

Will I need a plug adapter if I'm visiting Curacao from America?

A US Type A or Type B outlet might not readily be found in Curacao so it is advisable to use a suitable power adapter for Curacao.

Can a power adapter change the voltage in Curacao?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 127 volt Curacaon power outlet and can't convert the power to a different voltage. If you wish to safely use any 220-240 volt device you also need to bring a more expensive step up power converter.

Electrical adapters for Curacao

Power Plug Adapters

A cheap and simple type C plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Straightforward design makes it simple to use.
  • Light and small.
  • Cheapest option, with prices starting at around $7 USD.
  • Using a Type C plug adapter [3] will work in Curacao.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Accomodation may only have a single power outlet available, so you'll only be capable of powering a single device at a time.
  • If you intend on travelling to more than just one country you may need to pack multiple power adapter types.
  • Adapter only changes the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type C Curacaon power outlet but not the voltage used in Curacao, so if your appliance doesn't support a 127 volt outlet and isn't dual voltage then you will also need to pack a voltage converter.
  • If you need to charge any USB device then you also still need to pack your USB charger.
  • Only one adapter per plug - for every separate device you'll also need to bring a separate power plug adapter.
Travel Power Strips

A travel power strip kit

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Certain models are able to convert voltage for low wattage electronics (for example laptops). So therefore if the electronic device isn't dual voltage it should still be used in Curacao by using just a travel power strip. This will make a travel power strip a cheaper and lightweight substitute for a power converter.
  • Able to charge many electical appliances and devices concurrently using only a single Curacaon power outlet, costs on average $30 USD.
  • Most models will also feature a number of USB charge ports.
  • The voltage from power outlets in certain areas could fluctuate, a surge in power might damage your delicate electrical items. There are some travel power strips that include a surge protector to protect any device from being overloaded by an unstable power grid.
  • It will still be of use back at home.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • Not supplied with the correct plug adapter for Curacao therefore you should pack an additional power plug adapter for a Curacaon power outlet as well .
  • Unlike a dedicated voltage converter, the voltage converter on a travel power strip won't work with high wattage appliances such as hair straighteners or clothes irons.
  • Due to their size power strips might be unsuitable for packing in hand luggage.
  • Travel power strips might be excessive if you only bring a small number of items to power.
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB travel wall charger

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Ideal in situations when you only want to power devices which are USB powered, for example mobile phones, iPads and MP3 players.
  • Rather than bring multiple domestic power chargers you will only have to bring one unit costing around $18 USD.
  • Supplied with interchangeable heads meaning they can be used in a large number of locations. The interchangeable adapter heads which are supplied with travel USB wall chargers are typically small and lightweight making them easy to store.
  • Has surge protection.
  • The charger can still be of use when you return to Canada.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • The interchangeable heads don't include one which is compatible with a Curacaon power outlet - therefore you'll still need to bring a separate power adapter.
  • They only have USB ports so you can't to power any electrical appliances, just USB ones.
Universal Travel Power Adapters

A universal travel adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Fairly easy to use.
  • All-in-one design which is both lightweight and small, around $15 USD.
  • There are some models which include a built in surge protector which will prevent any electronics from being overloaded by an unstable power grid in some countries.
  • Retractable pins don't catch against other items when packed in your luggage.
  • When you return home it could still be of use as a USB charger.
  • There are some universal travel power adapters that include USB charging ports built in.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Although typical universal travel adapters work in around 150 different countries the pins don't change shape to fit in a Curacaon power outlet. Therefore you will still need to plug a universal travel adapter into a separate power adapter if you want to use universal travel adapter to benefit from surge protection and powering multiple devices from one power outlet.
  • Can't be used with a high powered electrical appliance - for example hair straighteners, kettles, hair dryers or curling irons.
  • Lacking a voltage converter will mean it isn't suitable for non-127 volts electrical devices.
  • A universal travel power adapter might not be totally universal; some models might not cover some countries with less popular power outlets.
  • The pins and moving parts might be fragile on some models making them likely to possibily break.
  • Only charges a single appliance.
Plug Adapter Sets

Cost effective plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • With prices around $15-$20 USD a power adapter set will typically work out cheaper purchasing than buying multiple $7 plug adapters for multiple locations.
  • Covers every country.
  • For travellers travelling to multiple locations a plug adapter set is ideal.
  • Each set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so should be compatible with a Curacaon power outlet.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Involves planning - you will need to decide which power adapters they'll need in advance, if you don't know every country you'll be visiting you'll need to pack every plug adapter in the set along.
  • Means lots of individual items to bring along.
  • All remaining plug adapters will be redundant using up packing space.
  • Not every plug adapter types are typically included in the set (and especially the less common adapters), so ensure that your power adapter set has one that works with a Curacaon power outlet.
  • These plug adapters only alter the actual shape of the plug but not the voltage.
Voltage Converters

Voltage converters have surge protection

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • A voltage converter will only change the 127 volts in Curacao and not the actual shape of the plug to slot into a Curacaon power outlet, you'll still need to bring the correct type of power adapter.
  • Costly - on average $128 USD.
  • The typical size of most models of voltage converters makes them unsuitable for carrying in carry-on luggage.
  • Redundant after your visit to Curacao.
  • Often much cheaper and more practical to purchase a dual voltage travel appliance than to purchase an expensive power converter simply in order to bring your existing appliance in Curacao.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Curacao

Type C Power Plug Adapter
Power Plug Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel Power Strip
Travel Power Strip
Plug Adapter Set
Plug Adapter Set
Voltage Converter
Voltage Converter
Can be used in Curacao Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included C A/B, E/F, G and I A/B, E/F, G and I A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N B
Compatible number of countries (A) 135+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type C Curacaon power outlet Yes Yes
Additional Type C plug adapter required to fit in a Curacaon power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes
Compatible number of countries (A) 2 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type N Curacaon power outlet Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type N plug adapter required to fit in a Curacaon power outlet Yes Yes Yes
Useful when you return to Canada Yes Yes Yes
Typical combined number of USB ports and AC outlets 1 3 4 7 1 2
Powers USB devices Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of USB ports 0 2 4 4 0 0
Powers a 127 volt AC appliance in Curacao Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of AC outlets 1 1 0 3 (B) 2
Converts voltage (?) Yes (C) Yes
Surge protection Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical dimensions 2.6 x 1.9 x 1.4 inches 3 x 2.1 x 2.1 inches 4.3 x 3.4 x 1.3 inches 6.6 x 3.6 x 1.5 inches 7.1 x 3.9 x 2.8 inches 11.7 x 8.1 x 6.7 inches
Typical weight 4.5 ounces 4 ounces 4.5 ounces 1.6 pounds 13 ounces 20 pounds
Typical number of items to carry (D) 1 1 5 8 12 2
Suitable for hand luggage Yes Yes Yes • (E) • (F)
Typical price $7 USD $15 USD $18 USD $30 USD $19 USD $128 USD
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Curacao power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Curacao?

Type A, B and C power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Curacao?

There are three different types of power supply used in Curacao, these are type C, A and B with the primary power outlets being type C socket:

  • Plug Type A - This power socket (called the type A power outlet) is recognised by the two adjacent slots.
  • Plug Type B - You can identify this plug socket by the 2 slots next to each other with a single semicircle shaped hole below for the earthed pin.
  • Plug Type C - You can identify the plug socket by the 2 round adjacent holes next to each other.

Do US plugs work in Curacao?

Maybe with certain power outlets that are available in Curacao; but we recommend bringing all types of plug adapters for Curacao as US Type A or B outlets might not typically be found. Also it is recommended that you check that your device or appliance can work with a 50hz power outlet.

What is the frequency used with a Curacaon power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current from a Curacaon power outlet is 50Hz.

Are Curacaon power outlets the same as in the US?

Even though US Type A or Type B outlets could be available in Curacao it is advisable to use a suitable plug adapter for Curacao. The voltage is within the 100-128 volt range used in America however the frequency is different so ensure that your device works with 50hz.

Is an electrical power outlet for the Caribbean Islands the same as a Curacaon power outlet?

The Caribbean

Is an electrical power outlet for the Caribbean Islands the same as a Curacaon power outlet?

Different islands in The Caribbean use different standards of power outlet types and voltages, a plug which can be used in Curacao might not work correctly or fit in another island. When travelling to more than one island in The Caribbean you should either bring a multiple power adapter travel set [12] consisting of every type of power adapter, or a more convenient international travel plug adapter [13] as both these options should ensure you are covered for most different power outlet types that you may find on each island.

Because each island in The Caribbean uses different standards of power outlet types and voltages, a plug which works with a Curacaon power outlet might not operate properly with an outlet on another island. For further details on what to expect when preparing to travel we've put together similar instructions to this page for every island in the Caribbean: Anguilla, Antigua, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Dominica, Grenada, Grenadines, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Nevis, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Tobago, Trinidad and US Virgin Islands.

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in Curacao?

To use a 220V appliance in a Curacaon power outlet you need to use a step up power converter.

Is the voltage in Curacao the same as in the US?

The voltage in Curacao is 127 volts, however Americans use 120 volts. Even though these are very similar it is recommended to check the voltage on your US charger or appliance supports voltage fluctuations between 100-127 volts or that it is dual voltage.

Should I bring a power bank to Curacao?

A power bank

Should I bring a power bank to Curacao?

It is always advisable to bring a portable charger to recharge cell phones when travelling.

  • With many the thought of being without their mobile leaves them anxious, particularly when being needed whilst travelling to an unknown location. During a trip to Curacao increased use of mobile phones for taking photographs, storing itineraries, getting directions, social network sharing and staying entertained will syphon off power excessively. A flat cell phone battery could potentially leave you in an unknown location without sufficient power to make an emergency call or being able to use GPS to get directions to your accommodation. Bringing along a portable charger [4] to Curacao lowers the risk as it allows you to keep your cell phone powered on the go.
  • Use at least a 10,000mAh power bank [4] which can store enough energy to cover over three full charges and a 20,000mAh power bank [16] should keep an average cell phone charged for up to 7 days. The mAh value (milli ampere-hours) describes the capacity of the battery giving an indication of the number of charge cycles the portable charger can achieve, and a higher number will be more suitable for travellers.
  • If you want to charge your laptop with a portable charger in Curacao and it it supports USB-C charging then use a portable charger for a laptop [17] marked with PD (power delivery) and a model supplying at least 20 Wh.
  • However be aware that some airlines won't let you bring batteries on an aircraft with more than 100 Wh of power and must be kept in hand luggage only.
  • Normal consumer power banks aren't designed for use with high wattage items, but a rechargeable hair dryer [14] or gas hair straighteners [15] can be used for travelling.
Does a solar powered charger work in Curacao?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot countries

Does a solar powered charger work in Curacao?

The climate in Curacao will be suitable enough to recharge solar power bank [19] dependably, but needs to be left in strong sunlight in order to provide adequate power for a single charge. It may prove inconvenient to constantly unpack a solar power bank then wait for it to recharge in sunny spells.

  • The bigger durable solar panels found on a solar backpack [18] give the backpack the ability to create more electricity within a shorter period of time, making them ideal for the climate in Curacao.
  • A phone that is plugged directly into a USB port of a solar backpack can trickle charge the battery during sunny periods in Curacao, however this could be inconvenient to have it continually tethered in the bag if it is to be used frequently. A solar powered bag is usually exposed to daylight therefore can be powering up a power bank during the day, unlike a handheld solar power bank that requires unpacking and facing sunlight.
  • Although the climate in Curacao is suitable, a bag should have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, be able to generate at least 6 watts of power and includes a 10,000mAH power bank or greater. Unlike regular rigid solar cells, the flexible and durable solar cells used in solar powered bags are designed to survive scratching and bending. They are found in laptop messenger, rucksack and backpack styles which makes them perfect for travel, domestic and work.

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Curacao chargers

What is a USB travel power charger?

A USB travel charger is a dual voltage charger with interchangeable plugs and multiple USB ports, suitable for charging multiple USB powered devices when travelling abroad.

What USB charger do I need for Curacao?

When travelling with more than one device and visiting multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Curacao is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [7]. Curacaoans use three different standards of wall outlets (C, A and B) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for both types A and C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge then you will benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers and additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices. Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port charger means you can power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers for your trip to Curacao. By only packing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling and convenient for charging your devices at an airport or on the plane. Due to their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional power outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of versatile power charger at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [7] which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Curacao?

Why use a travel USB charger for Curacao?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. This helps reduce the weight of your baggage by only bringing one USB wall charger rather than bringing several different USB chargers.
  • Travel USB power chargers will include swappable plug heads for different power outlet types. This is ideal when visiting different countries across North America which are likely to use different standards to Curacao.
  • Good USB travel chargers are lightweight, compact and rugged; perfect for the rigors of travel rather than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be impossible to repair or replace in Curacao.
  • USB travel chargers will accept the 127 volt power outlets in Curacao along with other voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a chance that some hotels in Curacao only have one wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with all your devices rather than having to wait to recharge each device one by one.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of travelling to an unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be in short supply and demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets from other passengers during departure can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is perect.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a good quality travel charger allows for unexpected fluctuations and will prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded mobile phone in Curacao might prove to be difficult and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers also incorporate a power outlet strip to allow you to plug in low powered devices such as laptops, however these will be unsuitable for high wattage appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read our section on using travel appliances in Curacao for useful guidelines and advice on the most suitable power adapter for a high powered devices with a Curacaon power outlet.
  • Certain mobile phones could pull more than the standard 500 milliamps supplied by a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Quality USB chargers will support fast charging incase any of your devices need extra power.
  • When returning home travel USB power chargers can also be useful by recharging multiple cell phones every day using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Curacao?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Curacao using 3 pin type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs. This gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Curacao.

Power converters for Curacao

What is a power converter for a Curacaon power outlet?

A power converter for Curacao will enable travellers to use a 220-240 volt electric appliance with a 127 volt Curacaon power outlet.

Also known as: electrical converter, electrical transformer, voltage converter, power transformer or voltage transformer.

What is the difference between a power converter and a plug adapter for Curacao?

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in Curacao, however an expensive and bulkier power converter [20] will transform the voltage of 127 volts from a Curacaon power outlet to work with a non-127 volt appliance.

Do I need a power converter for Curacao?

When travelling to Curacao from another country please check that your device can be used with a 127 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step up power converter [10] if you are visiting Curacao from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your device is incompatible with 127 volts. See our WikiConnections list of world power outlets guide to discover which voltage is used in your country.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you are already using either a single voltage device that works with 127 volts or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices which originated from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts and then used in a 127 volt power outlet sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up. If your device charges slowly or does not power up when travelling to Curacao from a different region check that it can be used with a 127 volt power supply otherwise you will need to bring a step up power converter [10].
  • You won't need a converter if you wish to charge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet or cell phone as these are normally support dual voltage and designed for international use, but you should always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • For powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example clothes irons and hair dryers) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [21] which allows the appliance to be used with a 127 volt Curacaon power outlet.
  • Investing a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance will be more practical and cost effective than bringing a much heavier power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these comprehensive guides on travelling with clothes irons, curling wands, flat irons and blow dryers with a Curacaon power outlet , along with advice for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter for Curacao if I'm from the US?

A US plug does not need a power converter because the voltage from a Curacaon power outlet is in the same 100-120 volt range as America.

What kind of converter do I need for Curacao?

You will need to buy a step up power converter [10] to use any 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance in Curacao.

What is the difference between a transformer and a converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a transformer and a converter?

Converters and transformers are both used to change one voltage to another, but this ambiguity can cause confusion as their purposes are different:

  • Power converters are designed for simple electrical appliances which typically generate heat or use motors such as clothes irons, shavers or hair dryers. Transformers are designed for more complex electronic items such as televisions or games consoles.
  • Buying a power converter is cheaper than buying a power transformer.
  • Power transformers are larger and heavier making them more suited for permanent residential use; for example an expat wishing to use an imported television would need to use a transformer for this purpose.
  • Power converters are more suitable for travellers wishing to bring domestic appliances abroad such as hair dryers or flat irons. However, it is more practical and cost effective to purchase a dual voltage appliance designed for travel rather than a heavier power converter.
  • Power converters are suitable for 2 pin ungrounded appliances, it could be harder to find a converter if you want to use a grounded 3 pin appliance.
  • Transformers can be used constantly however it is recommended that converters are used for no longer than a couple of hours at a time.
  • Shops may sell transformers under the name of converters, for the purposes this guide we will be referring to both converters and transformers as converters.

What voltage is used in Curacao?

Curacao uses 127 volts in their normal power outlets.

How to convert 127 volts to 220 volts

  1. Use a step up power converter [10] to allow you to use 220, 230 and 240 volt appliances with a 127 volt Curacaon power outlet.
  2. If the power converter doesn't include the correct shaped plug then it will also be necessary to plug in the power cord from the power converter into a power adapter for Curacao before plugging that into a Curacaon power outlet.
  3. Some power converters include the ability to perform both step up and step down voltage conversions, therefore it may be necessary to manually switch the converter to output the voltage from 220-240v.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 220-240 volt appliance can now be used with a 127 volt Curacaon power outlet.
How can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device?

Dual voltage hair dryer

How can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device?

The method to see if a appliance is dual voltage is to look for a sticker on the supplied power adapter or on the unit itself, typically on the rear of the device or near to where the power cord sits. The location will depend on the make and model of your device and could also state on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 240V.
  • Single voltage devices could also say a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will typically say a larger range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

Substantiations

How we compared products

Typical figures based on top 5 popular electrical adapters for each form-factor from different manufacturers with prices as of October 2018.

  • Power Plug Adapters - Ceptics Grounded Universal Plug Adapter, TESSAN Grounded Universal Travel Power Plug Adapter, Tmvel Universal International Power Adapter Plug, EnriQ Plug Adapter, Ckitze Travel Power Plug Adapter.
  • Universal Travel Power Adapters - BESTEK Universal Travel Adapter, NEWVANGA International Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter, Bluegogo Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter, HAOZI All-in-one International Power Adapter, UROPHYLLA Universal European Adapter Dual Fuses.
  • Trvel USB Wall Chargers - iKits 4-Port USB Wall/International Charger, LENCENT 4 Port USB Travel Adapter, PISEN USB Wall Charger, Anker 27W 4-Port USB Wall Charger PowerPort 4 Lite, USB Plug Travel Charger Adaptor, Turata 4 Port Universal World Wall Charger.
  • Travel Power Strips - BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip, TESSAN 3 Outlet Surge Protector travel Power Strip, Portable Travel Adapter Power Strip Charging Station, GR-8 Power Compact & Slim Travel Charging Station, NTONPOWER Portable Charging Station.
  • Plug Adapter Sets - Ceptics GP-12PK International Travel Worldwide Grounded Universal Plug Adapter Set, Ceptics World Travel Adapter Set - 11 Pack, BESTEK Grounded Universal Plug Set, OREI 7 World Travel Adapter Plug Set, Ceptics Adapter Plug Set for World Wide International Travel Use.
  • Voltage Converters - Power Bright VC2000W Voltage Transformer Step Up/Down converter, LiteFuze LT-3000 3000 Watt Voltage Converter Transformer - Step Up/Down, SEYAS 1000W Auto Step Up & Step Down Voltage Transformer Converter, Rockstone Power 5000 Watt Heavy Duty Step Up/Down Voltage Transformer Converter, KRIEGER 1700 Watt Voltage Transformer Step up/down 120V / 230V AC outlet American European Converter.

Weight, dimensions, number of AC outlets, number of USB powers and prices were all based by calculating and rounding an average figure for each attribute where known.

Key to electrical adapter comparison

  1. Compatible number of countries based on data from the International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs page (cited November 2018).
  2. Assuming only a single plug adapter from the plug adapter set will be used at any one time in a compatible location.
  3. Depending on if the power strip supports voltage conversion for low wattage items. All travel power strips tested do not convert voltage for high wattage appliances.
  4. Including the device itself, any supplied plug heads and power cords.
  5. Some travel power strips featuring less AC outlets may be small and lightweight enough to be suitable for hand luggage.
  6. Number of items if bringing an entire set of plug adapters for use in multiple locations to cover all eventualities (unless bringing only the necessary single plug adapter).

What type of adapter do you need for Curacao?

Which type of adapter to bring to Curacao

The plug adapter or power converter which is best to use in Curacao is dependant on various requirements. Before choosing the right adapter to use we recommend using this checklist:

How many electrical items will you be packing for Curacao?

Family may need to charge devices too

How many electrical items will you be packing for Curacao?

  • List all the applicances and devices you intended on packing for Curacao (including laptops, cell phones, tablets, eReaders, hair straighteners or clothes irons).
    • Remember to allow for more devices in the future. Are you thinking about purchasing a new tablet computer soon?
    • There is a growing amount of USB powered rechargeable devices such as electric shavers that use a USB port as their power source. The if you have to buy a new device it might use a USB adapter so please ensure your travel adapter has enough spare ports to power these as well.
  • Will you be travelling with a partner who will need to recharge their iPads as well?
What are the different types of electrical devices do you want to charge in Curacao?

Make a list of items to bring

What are the different types of electrical devices do you want to charge in Curacao?

  • There are three different types of electrical devices:
    • Low wattage electronic items that can be plugged into a power outlet - for example cameras or laptops.
    • High wattage appliances that can be plugged into a power outlet - for example hair straighteners and clothes irons.
    • USB powered devices that charge using a USB port - for example mobile phones.
  • When you only intend to bring along just USB powered devices to Curacao then you'll find that a travel USB charger is ideal because you will only have to bring that single charger rather than needing to pack lots of domestic chargers.
  • Travel power strips are built for powering and voltage conversion for many low wattage devices of any voltage, however won't work with high wattage appliances that require voltage conversion.
How many Curacaon power outlets will be available?

Are multiple wall outlets available

How many Curacaon power outlets will be available?

  • A hotel might only offer a single power outlet on the wall. This will present an inconvenience if charging up batteries of more than one electronic device overnight because you can only charge a single device at a time every few hours.
  • To recharge more than one device at the same time look to bringing a travel USB wall charger or a travel power strip which are capable of charging multiple USB ports and outlets.
Will you only be planning on charging USB devices in Curacao?

Are you only bringing USB items

Will you only be planning on charging USB devices in Curacao?

  • Should you only intend on using USB powered electronics such as mobile phones for Curacao then it is recommended to just bring a travel USB wall charger.
  • If you only use a simple power plug adapter you will still need to bring the USB charger that was supplied with your device as well.

Do your devices and appliances only work with a 127 volt power outlet?

Are you planning to visit anywhere abroad in the future?

Is Curacao the only country you plan on visiting?

  • Single power adapters only typically work in a single country which they are built for, therefore if you need to visit multiple countries you may need to bring additional power adapters which can in turn add to the number of adapters you'll have to bring.
  • On the other hand a travel USB wall charger or universal travel adapter is made for visiting more than one country becuase of the interchangeable head system.

What is your budget?

  • A basic power adapter starts at $7 which charges a single device from a Curacaon power outlet (provided that works with 127 volts or it is dual voltage) but investing in roughly $20 will allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously and be able to bring them to various countries.

Would you like to use your charger when returning to Canada?

Are you only bringing hand luggage?

Are you bringing just hand baggage

Are you only bringing hand luggage?

Are you flying long haul to get to Curacao?

Using a phone after a long haul flight

Are you flying long haul to get to Curacao?

  • If you're taking a longer trip to get to Curacao it's worth thinking about packing an appropriate airport-friendly charger that works in different outlet types, one which is light enough to pack in carry-on luggage and can top up tablets and phones.
  • As not all flights have power outlets available for the public we recommend packing a travel portable charger [4] which will recharge on the go. When you land you could have to rely on your phone for making a call, receiving messages, using sat nav to locate a hotel or recalling an itinerary; therefore it is recommended that your phone has enough battery power left.

What can I connect to a Curacaon power outlet

Travel appliances that can connect to a Curacaon power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Curacaon power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Curacaon power outlet

Mobile phones which work with the Curacaon power outlet

Apple iPhones that can be connected to a Curacaon power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Curacaon power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Curacaon power outlet

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with a Curacaon power outlet

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Curacao, if you wish to contribute any useful information or feedback please email travel@wikiconnections.org. For more comprehensive technical details visit the Wikipedia page on AC power plugs and sockets [23].

Disclaimer

WikiConnections is not responsible for any injury or damage caused due to using any type of suggested product with any other electrical device or appliance in any location, full details are available on the disclaimer page. All functions and capabilities should be checked prior to purchasing or using any power adapter. Assumptions on if any power adapter, charger, converter or power strip works in any location is based on data from publicly available sources and if it fits the primary power outlet used in that country. WikiConnections has not taken into consideration other less common power outlets which might be found as these might only be used in certain areas or in the process of being phased out.

Where possible, WikiConnections only recommends the type of product as being suitable along with alternatives and does not make any endorsement for any specific brand or product. Always check with the manufacturer to ensure full compatibility prior to attempting to use any device. Always check the reputation of the manufacturer and product to ensure the quality and safety of any electrical device being used.

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cura%C3%A7ao - Curacao entry on wikipedia.org.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type C plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type C power outlets without converting voltage.
  4. Portable charger - A power bank is a portable charger which can recharge USB powered devices such as mobile phones and tablets on the go.
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  6. Travel power strip - A travel power strip includes surge protectors, AC power outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters for use in multiple countries.
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  8. Universal travel power adapter - A typical universal travel power adapter can be used in over 150 different countries for use with appliances and USB devices.
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries.
  10. Step up power converter - A step up power converter allows a 220-240 volt appliance to be used in a 100-120 volt power outlet.
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  12. Multiple power adapter travel set - international travel plug adapter set .
  13. Portable international travel plug adapter - AC Wall Charger with 2 USB sockets and outlets for US, UK, Australia and European power plugs which works in over 150 countries.
  14. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling.
  15. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges.
  16. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days.
  17. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support.
  18. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight.
  19. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device.
  20. Power converter - A step up step down power converter converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts.
  21. Heavy duty power converter - A 5000 watt heavy duty step up and step down power converter used to convert voltages for domestic appliances, power tools, televisions, heating appliances and motors.
  22. Step down power converter - A step down power converter allows a 100-120 volt appliance to be used in a 220-240 volt power outlet.
  23. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets